I’m just going to check my emails/facebook/blogs/TWFT…

September 13, 2009 at 12:26 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

The internet – is it an invaluable tool, or your worst enemy when it comes to fighting procrastination?

Personally, I’m on the internet far too much. Let’s just check my emails; what’s going on Facebook?; who’s posted on the twiftie thread?; I wonder if anyone’s critted my excerpt on SYW (share your work); ooh, who’s written a new blog post. And after all that, I wonder if anyone’s emailed me in the time it’s taken to check, read and reply to all the other internet sites I’ve been on.

So, that whole cycle tends to get repeated regularly – and that doesn’t include me using the internet for important stuff, like homework, university research or book research. Oh, and buying books on Amazon, of course.

I love the internet, and I honestly can’t see how I’d live without it. But when it comes to writing, sometimes it takes up too much of my time – like blogging, for instance. The perfect procrastination. And it’s amazing how much time you can spend on the twiftie thread on Absolute Write before checking the clock and realising just how little writing you’ve done. My latest answer? When I really, really need to write (and I can’t handwrite – my writing’s so messy, I have to type!) I switch off the wireless internet and stop myself from just checking so-and-so.

So, do you use the internet sparingly and productively? Or is it a love-hate relationship – can live with it, can’t live without it?

~ Becky

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